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2013 Reading Challenges

Like most people I make resolutions every time an old year passes on into a new one. Well, they aren’t resolutions exactly, more like an extra vigorous to-do list . The trouble with “extra vigour” is that one gets tired. Fast. Like learning to run through mad 10m dashes. What? 10m is too little? Ha, not for me! Anyway, the point is too much sudden activity almost always ends in panting and giving up too soon. (And a following endorphin-inspired binge session.) So this year instead of making fancy fantasy resolutions like I will have a washboard midsection by the end of the year or I will definitely have at least half a novel written by December, I decided to join a couple of reading challenges hosted by other bloggers. I’m going to be reading stuff anyway, and these look like a fun way to document what I’m reading and to connect with others out there like me, even if only virtually. I’m imagining this to be like an online book club without the pressure of having to read that one book that somebody else wanted to read because it was on some bestseller list. The guidelines for these challenges are so broad that I’m sure I’ll be able to fit what I read into their criteria by some degree.

Do I think I can do it? Yeah! And now I have this space to be accountable to. Bring it on, leprechaun. 🙂

Color Coded 2013

The goal is to read 9 books in the following categories:

1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title.
2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title.
3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) in the title.
4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title.
5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title.
6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title.
7. A book with “White” or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc) in the title.
8. A book with any other color in the title (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).

I’m going to compile my reading list here as and when I get through it and review the books as posts. Sound like a plan?

1. Black Irish. By Stephan Talty.
2. Tigers in Red Weather. By Liza Klaussmann.

The other challenge I’ve taken on is to read food related books. I really enjoy food writing even though I only eat about half the foods on the spectrum owing to being vegetarian. I’m not much of a cookbook reader, though. My interest ventures more toward food memoirs (I absolutely devoured Ruth Reichel’s books but, alas, didn’t have a blog then to document them) and travel journals focusing on food. Hopefully this challenge will lead me to discover more gems from the culinary world — a truly delicious anticipation!  I chose to be a Pastry Chef (one who reads 4-8 foodie books) for this challenge.

Foodie's Read 2013

1. Alone in the Kitchen With an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone. Edited by Jenni-Ferrari Adler.
2. Union Street Bakery. By Mary-Ellen Taylor.

I visit the library about once a week and now I’m excited to have a goal while browsing the shelves. Here’s to a wonderfully cozy, erudite, bookish and nerdy 2013. Happy New Year from my family to yours!

6 thoughts on “2013 Reading Challenges

  1. Welcome to the Color Coded Challenge! I’m so glad you’re joining me in 2013!

  2. Thanks for joining the Foodies Read challenge! Can’t wait to see the books you choose!

  3. I’m excited to join, ladies. Happy Reading! 🙂

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